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What Is Internal Medicine?

When it comes to taking care of your health, you may have heard the terms "internal medicine" or "primary care". Internal medicine plays a crucial role in your adult health journey and well-being. So let's break down what internal medicine is, introduce you to the providers behind it and explain why it's so important for your overall health.

Internal Medicine Explained

So, what exactly is internal medicine? Think of it as your go-to medical specialty for adult healthcare. It's like having a trusted friend in the medical field who is there to guide you through the ups and downs of your health journey. Internal medicine focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of diseases.

The superheroes of internal medicine are internal medicine physicians and nurse practitioners. These healthcare professionals are experts in managing all sorts of medical conditions that adults may face -- whether it's a pesky cold or a complex chronic illness. Internal medicine providers use a comprehensive approach. They don't just look at one part of your body; they consider the whole picture.

Why Internal Medicine Matters

Now that you know what internal medicine is, let's talk about why it's so important. Internal medicine is your roadmap to a healthier life because it:

  • Covers all the bases: Internal medicine providers make sure every aspect of your well-being is addressed. They perform thorough medical exams to assess your overall health and identify any underlying medical issues. They also take the time to educate you about your health conditions and treatment options so that you can actively participate in your own healthcare decisions.

  • Manages chronic conditions: If you have a long-term health condition, such as diabetes or hypertension, internal medicine providers are your partners in managing and controlling it. They work with you to develop long-term plans that focus on trolling symptoms, preventing complications and improving your overall quality of life.

  • Prevents problems: Internal medicine providers focus on preventative care. They'll help you make lifestyle choices that keep you healthier for longer. They provide routine screenings, immunizations and health assessments to detect potential health problems early on. They also offer counseling on healthy lifestyle habits, such as nutrition, exercise and stress management, to support your health and well-being.


Internal medicine is your ally for adult health. It's a medical specialty that covers everything from head to toe, staffed by skilled providers who are passionate about keeping you in the best shape possible. So, the next time you think about your health, remember that internal medicine providers, like our family nurse practitioner Janette Ornelas, FNP-C, have you covered.


About Odessa Medical Enterprises

We are the office of Dr. Khavar Dar, MD and Janette Ornelas, FNP-C, providing pulmonary, critical care and primary care to patients in Odessa, TX. At Odessa Medical Enterprises, we believe that compassion is crucial for effective treatment. Together, we consider it our mission to serve our community and beyond with the utmost care.


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